Campbell becomes latest to say album format is dying and his outfit’s next release may not be a full-length record

Def Leppard

Cut short: Def Leppard

Def Leppard’s Vivian Campell is the latest big name in rock to say the album format is on its last legs – and he’s not sure whether his band’s next studio project will result in a full-length release.

The band have just put out their first live album, Mirrorball, and are set to play the UK’s Download Festival before continuing across the world. Next year they’ll get down to recording new music; but Campbell doesn’t know what the result will be.

He tells Artist Direct: “I’m not sure if it will be a full-length album. I don’t see the point, since the goalposts have shifted.

“People aren’t interested in full lengths. It used to be ten to twelve songs that the record company wanted and you’d go into the studio and do it.

“But there’s so much going on and there are so many things vying for people’s attention that epode don’t have time to listen to a full album. Very few will do that. I’d rather put out less music with more quality – we want to give people quality.”

Campbell admits the three new tracks added to Mirrorball were last-minute additions, and he’s not even sure whether the pieces were written specifically with the live album in mind.

“We were just going to do a live recorded for the DVD,” he explains, “Then management said it would add more value to the package to have new songs. So there was a mad scramble.

“I don’t know when Rick Savage or Phil Collen started writing them, although the lead track, Undefeated, was written by Joe Elliott for this set.”

Regardless of Def Lep’s future in the studio, Campbell says they’ll be happy to continue their live career. “I look forward to the tours. The album is what it is. When we tour I never get sick of it – we’ve been through a lot together and it’s a very easy environment to work in.”

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